The 37th annual Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, one of the most celebrated and longest running jazz events in the world, will be held on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. This year's festival headliners include Earth, Wind & Fire, Trombone Shorty, Terence Blanchard, Dave Holland Prism, Patti Austin, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Quinn Sullivan, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Newport Jazz Festival®: Now 60, among others. Over the past 37 years, more than half a million fans have attended the Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, and at the festival, it’s all about the “the hang”! A sea of colorful tents and umbrellas is a signature of this event, as people celebrate, picnic, relax and enjoy exhilarating, live music. A festival feast of southern-style barbeque, international specialties as well as beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are available for sale and guests are welcome to bring in food, beverages and tents and the parking is free. Music starts at noon both days and the festival is very kid and family friendly, and kids get in free on the lawn (12 & under).
In addition to festival headliners, Gazebo Stage programming will continue to feature an innovative mix of established and emerging artists in jazz. The lineup includes: Melissa Aldana Crash Trio, Marc Cary Focus Trio, Jaimeo Brown, Mary Halvorson Trio, Sean Jones Quartet, Warren Wolf & Wolfpack, and Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, all of whom are making their festival debuts. The stage will also feature returning saxophonist Lew Tabackin with his trio.
While two-days and two-stages of live, world class jazz is the centerpiece of the weekend, fans can also enjoy a host of amenities including a fine arts and crafts fair, CD signings by artists, southern style barbeque and other food vendors, all presented by Stella Artois. Guests are welcome to bring in their own food and beverages, as well as blankets, tents and lawn umbrellas. Parking for the event is free.
This week, courtesy of SPAC, I am giving away 4 Lawn Tickets for Sunday, June 29th, and all you have to do to enter is comment below! One winner will be chosen at random at 10am on Friday, June 27th and will be able to pick up all four tickets at Will Call at SPAC on the day of the performance. You CAN comment more than once to enter and the winner will be notified by me via email.
For some ideas on what to pack for your picnic, see my suggestions from last year, a couple kid suggestions and a couple grown up suggestions, perfect for "the hang"! Pack some bubbles, some glow in the dark jars (make some here), some pillows for fireworks watching later on, and some fun kids snacks in the picnic basket, and connect those picnic blankets for an epic family hang! Stop by Putnam Market and pick up some great sandwiches (the Victoria is my favorite). While you’re relaxing on the lawn listening to the jazz, sip on the BEST summer cocktail around, Pimm’s Cup. Now get to entering and good luck! xoxo
***GIVEAWAY CLOSED*** This giveaway is now officially closed and the winner has been selected at random and notified via email. Thank you to everyone for entering, and thank you to SPAC for providing the tickets for the giveaway!